This clip was excerpted from Sketch & Stretch: Creating Playful Pottery with Illustrated Surfaces, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!
Lately I have been doing a lot of ceramic inlay – sometimes called mishima ceramics or slip inlay – and I just love the results. One thing I don’t care for though is when parts of my lines chip off if the clay gets too dry.
But Chandra DeBuse’s new video reminded me of another way to do ceramic inlay: carve the designs through wax resist. I think this would solve those chipping problems I have been having, plus make the clean up way easier. In today’s clip from Chandra’s video, Sketch & Stretch, she demonstrates the ceramic inlay with wax resist process. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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More on Ceramic Inlay
Inlay Ceramics Definition: A decorative technique where a pattern is carved into the clay at the leather hard stage and a clay slip of a contrasting color is laid into the decoration. When inlaid slip dries, the excess is scraped washed away with a sponge to reveal the pattern.
There are many different ways to approach inlay ceramics. Sumiko Takada prefers a wider line than the traditional lines made with mishima slip inlay, so she uses a clay ribbon tool technique for a new wider twist on ceramic inlay. While most do ceramic inlay on greenware, Steven Young Lee does his slip inlay technique on bisqueware using thick slips. Robert Strasser’s technique, which he calls wet slip inlay, doesn’t use any carving. Instead, he layers different colors of colored slip onto platters and then jiggles them while still wet to create intense marbled patterns.
To learn more about Chandra DeBuse or to see more images of her work, please visit www.chandradebuse.com.
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